John Wegorzewski, Publicist Was 66

July 25, 1950 - Sept. 11, 2016
John Wegorzewski, July 25, 1950 - Sept. 11, 2016

John Stanislaus Wegorzewski, an arts and entertainment publicist in Manhattan and on the East End, died on Sept. 11 at New York University Langone Medical Center of complications from cancer. He was 66.

Mr. Wegorzewski and Edward Callaghan, his life and business partner, who died in April 2015, were familiar figures at museums, galleries, art fairs, and fund-raising events on the East End for many years. Together they founded Alchimia Public Relations and Marketing in 2000. Mr. Wegorzewski lived in Manhattan and Southampton.

“While he was successful in many endeavors in life, including sales, jewelry and watch design, fashion, and the arts, his true calling and passion was publicity, which he loved and excelled at with his partner, Edward Callaghan,” M. Corey Goldman, his nephew, said. “If Ed could write it, John could pitch it and sell it — with his infectious smile, booming laugh, Old World charm, and unique ability to connect with everyone in a personal way.”

Mr. Wegorzewski was born in Toronto on July 25, 1950, to John Wegorzewski and the former Mary Rajca, who were married on Oct. 22, 1949. His mother, who is 97, survives him; his father died in 2003.

After attending York University in Toronto, Mr. Wegorzewski began his career in sales. His work in high-end jewelry and watch design brought him to Manhattan.

In addition to his mother, a daughter, Alicia Cambreleng of Orlando, Fla., and three sisters, Rozia Kril, Kristine Goldman, and Maria Wegorzewski-Grotek, his twin, all of whom live in Toronto, survive him. A fourth sister, Elizabeth DiCecco, predeceased him.

“John’s greatest gift,” Mr. Goldman said, “was his huge, loving, and caring heart, with which he touched literally thousands of people — from the East End and New York to Toronto, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and beyond. Uncle Johnny will be greatly missed and not forgotten.”

Mr. Wegorzewski was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Toronto and the Roman Catholic Parish of Our Saviour in Manhattan. He was cremated, and his family is coordinating a burial in Toronto. A memorial Mass will be said on Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Southampton.